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Memorandum for General Strong
August 26, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
I noted in J.I.C.1 Daily Summary No. 252 of August 19th in paragraph 5 the following comment:
“The relief of General Auchinleck by General Alexander, reported in the press, may portend a change in British strategy. Alexander, best known for his retreat in Burma, is said to advocate aggressive tactics.”
This appears to me to be not only an ill-advised statement but one calculated to make difficulties for us in our future dealings in strategical and other matters with our British associates. I think the underlined portion is not only a J.I.C. affair but smacks of a columnist in the press.
Please look into this and find out who is accountable for such poor judgment, which may have very serious results. It certainly complicates my business with the British.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Joint Intelligence Committee.
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), p. 322.